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Triumvirate of new members for IAF

This week has seen three new members join IAF hailing from three diverse countries. First to welcome is the Writers Association of Thailand (WAT) whom we met at our meeting in Seoul in October 2014, and who we are delighted to be able to include in IAF’s work. IAF members can read about the work of WAT which was reported …

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Canada: Access Copyright takes new approach to sustaining creators and ensuring broad access

The Canadian RRO, Access Copyright has announced significant changes both in strategy and personnel, embarking on ‘Transformation and Renewal’ within the organisation. The organization is striving to overcome several threats to the status quo, including an over-interpretation of education as a new fair dealing exception, and to play a vital role in bringing digital technologies and services to educators, students …

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Quebec: Rightholders and teachers oppose Canadian university’s decision not to renew license

Original report from IFRRO website. The decision of Laval University in Quebec, Canada, not to renew the blanket licenced that it had signed with Copibec – the RRO in Quebec – for the reproduction of copyright-protected works has been criticized in the country and worldwide. Since Spring 2014, Laval University has stopped paying remuneration for the reproduction of up to 10% …

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‘Are we prepared to sacrifice our culture for cheap downloads?’ Australian creators make their voices heard

A series of interviews conducted with Australian creators in late 2014 as part of research taking place by Melissa de Zwart at the University of Adelaide reveal that online infringement does hurt creators and does negatively affect their ability to create. The important information revealed in the creators’ interviews poses serious questions about our attitude to making creative content available …

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Jamaican culture gets a boost

February 10, 2015 KINGSTON MEDIA RELEASE The Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) is pumping J$1.5 million into the development of the Jamaican cultural landscape through the support of the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards. Created through the collaborative efforts of JAMCOPY and the Jamaican Writers Society (JAWS), the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards was created to stimulate and celebrate excellence in Jamaican …

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The challenges for authors in Vietnam

IAF is pleased to share with its members a paper by the Vietnam Literary Copyright Center about the main challenges facing authors in Vietnam, being tackled by the VLCC. You can find the paper from VLCC in the members’ area of the website. If you would like any more information from IAF or from VLCC, please do contact us.  

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A window onto the work of the Korean Society of Authors

In the December edition of their quarterly newsletter, the Korean Society of Authors (KOSA) announced that they have joined the International Authors Forum. KOSA also gave us an insight into what else they have been up to through a helpful English Summary of the other news shared with KOSA members that quarter.

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New Zealand becomes part of IAF network

Welcome to the New Zealand Society of Authors which is the latest member of IAF. Working hard to protect the interests of its members in New Zealand through its eight regions and nine branches, IAF is delighted to have NZSoA’s expertise, and its authors, on board. We look forward to working together.

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Association of Authors’ Agents joins IAF

We are thrilled to welcome the Association of Authors’ Agents in the UK as IAF’s 37th member. The AAA is a membership body representing authors’ agents and their authors in the UK, and has joined as an Associate Member of IAF. IAF looks forward to working with AAA to ensure that the authors it represents have the opportunity to be involved …

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IAF encourages worldwide solidarity with dissolved Sudanese Writers’ Union

The Sudanese Writers Union has been banned by the Ministry of Culture in Sudan and informed that it can no longer carry out its cultural activities as the country heads toward elections in April. The Sudanese Writers Union has released a statement, available in Arabic, English and French. The International Authors Forum expresses solidarity with the Sudanese Writers Union at this …

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